The 30-year war “live” with Ketil Bjørnstad and Frode Rønli with band.
The Thirty Years’ War is a double album by Ketil Bjørnstad and the Stavanger Ensemble which was released in October 1981. The project was intended to be a rock opera. It was about being born in the 1950s, growing up in the 1960s and growing up in the 1970s. The album was a collaboration between Ketil Bjørnstad (lyrics and music) and the Stavanger Ensemble with Anders Bru, Frode Rønli, Øystein Eldøy and Knut Køningsberg, then Norway’s hottest band. Frode “Froddien” Rønli was also a strong contributor with ideas for Bjørnstad’s texts.
The result was a legendary double album. The rock opera never came to be something special. But now key figures in Stavanger have persuaded both Ketil Bjørnstad and Frode Rønli – for the first time – to make a concert version of the Thirty Years’ War. And the premiere will be at Mai: jazz!
Ketil Bjørnstad – lyrics / music / keyboards, Frode Rønli – vocals, / Alf Terje Hana -guitar / Reidar Larsen – keyboards / Rune Arnesen- drums / Jørund Bøgeberg – bass / Dominique Brackeva vocals and wind/percussion instruments
Stavanger Concert Hall, Kuppelhallen June 8, 2021 at 19:00